n 2004, with the support of Change Design, we founded and curated this annual exhibition of graduate design works that engage critically with urgent social and environmental issues. Selected works spanned a range of disciplines and were drawn from University and TAFE students across NSW.

Along with a small but dedicated team, our role included: conducting research prior to the event; curating the exhibition; liaising with exhibitors and sponsors; preparing text; co-ordinating publicity; developing the website; budget management; producing the exhibition catalogue (design, layout, compilation and editing); documenting the event through photography and audio; and design and construction of detailing within the exhibition space.

We did all of the above once again in 2005, when a brand new Changex was held in conjunction with the Sydney Esquisse art + design festival.

Changex proved to be an overwhelming success and continues to be staged each year by a new batch of committed students.

Changex 2004

Changex 2005

o accompany each year's physical exhibition, we organised a public forum and series of workshops on-site, to enable participants to engage with the issues raised by the exhibition across a number of levels.

In 2004, 'Designing for Change' featured academics and practitioners discussing the crucial role of students in developing and redefining the field of design, and sharing practical tools for implementing sustainable design principles within the professional design sphere. Speakers at the forum included: architect Tone Wheeler, Dave Gravina of Digital Eskimo, philosopher Bruin Christensen and sustainable design theorist Dr. Cameron Tonkinwise.

Dr. Tonkinwise speaking at the 2004 forum

or 2005, 'Not for Sale: Redefining Design Culture' responded to the Sydney Esquisse theme of 'shopping' by presenting a range of design educators offering their own critical perspectives on design culture and how it could become more responsibly engaged with the contemporary world. On the panel were Col James (USyd), Prof. Richard Goodwin (COFA), Abby Mellick Lopes (UWS) and Dr. Cameron Tonkinwise (UTS) 'via satellite'.

Col James and participants at the 2005 forum
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